Firefighting Techniques: House Fire 101

By Demetrius A. Kastros "I have just one expectation: Everyone goes home safe in the morning, with no injuries or dangerous exposures ….." I used to say this to my company officers every morning. To ensure the most important priority in any fire department—the safe return of all personnel—even a room and contents fire requires multiple companies on scene and the use of an effective management tool such as the incident command system (ICS). A house fire, whether confined to a room and contents, or one that is more extended, may be one of our more common emergencies, yet it is anything but routine. The various tasks of fire attack, search, rapid intervention team, and exterior op...

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